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Tuscany & Umbria

Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea. The regional capital is Florence. The coast alternates between long, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs and steep headlands. Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and country churches and beautiful abbeys are scattered all over the territory. Finally, Tuscany is full of spas: Montecatini, Saturnia, Montepulciano, Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni all offer relaxing holidays thanks to their thermal waters. Umbria, which borders Tuscany, comprises mainly hills, mountains, hollows and plains and extends along the Tiber’s central basin. At the heart of the Italy, it is the only region with no coastline. It does include, however, Lake Trasimeno, central Italy’s largest lake. The regional capital is Perugia.

  • Gorgacce Rentals - Holiday Villas in Tuscany & Umbria

    Recommended by Andrea Camerota

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    Villa rentals Tuscany and Umbria is a family run website offering a selections of villas to rent on the Tuscany Umbria border. Most of their villas are located the breathtaking countryside between Cortona, Lake Trasimeno and the town of Umbertide.
    www.tuscanyumbria.com
    emma@tuscanyumbria.com

     

  • Chiesa Piantrano, Umbria

    Recommended by Andrea Camerota

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    Stunning hilltop 16th Century property with breathtaking views of the Umbrian countryside available for rent. Generous accommodation for up to 10 people with easy access to local towns and places of interest. Available throughout the year. Chiesa Piantrano is a secluded villa located 4.2km (5mins) from the medieval village of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina and is an easy 50 minute drive from the recently redeveloped Perugia Airport (Ryanair) and a 2 hour drive from Pisa Airport (BA/EasyJet).
    www.homeaway.co.uk/p1378183
    www.chiesapiantrano.com

    Comments:
    "The perfect location for family reunions, relaxing in the heart of Umbria."

     

  • Tegolaio, Umbria

    Recommended by Andrea Camerota

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    Tegolaio is a beautiful Villa originally converted from a tobacco barn, with landscaped gardens and a large private pool with incredible views over the valley to Tuscany and Umbria. It has been fully renovated to a very high standard, but retains original features and decorated with a homely feel. Tegolaio, offers 4 large bedrooms and 1 study with double sofabed , sleeps 10, with 4 bathrooms, lounge and dining room. The villa is located on the Tuscany / Umbria border, giving you the ideal opportunity to visit the wonderful surrounding hill top towns of Montone, Cortona, Perugia, Assisi, Montepulciano, Arezzo and Siena.
    www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8063394

    Comments:
    "Tegolaio is ideal for groups and families and has everything required if travelling with small children including children's play area. The perfect retreat to relax and enjoy the slow pace of italian life."

  • Casaccia, Umbria

    Recommended by Andrea Camerota

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    Casaccia is a beautiful medieval house on a hilltop with a large private pool and gardens offering incredible views. Fully, refurbished, the villa offers 4 large bedrooms (sleeping up to 10), and 3 bathrooms, including a delightful cottage in the garden with its own bedroom, living space and shower room. Located on the very border of Tuscany and Umbria, the villa is near to the ancient city of Cortona and provides easy access to many wonderful hill towns, including Perugia, Assisi, Montepulciano, Arezzo and Siena. Casaccia forms part of a tiny hamlet. With its commanding position, it has stunning views over green hills and verdant valleys. As well as the large 12 x 6m pool, the garden offers patios, pergola and hammock all set among shrubs and lawns. This quiet retreat is full of character and charm with modern conveniences, ideal for large groups and families. There are shops and lots of restaurants nearby plus tennis, golf, cycling, walking and water sports on Lake Trasimeno.
    www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8037953​

    Comments:
    "Fantastic food and wine, beautiful pool, perfect setting, everything you could want from a holiday."

  • Villa Pian di Cascina, Umbria

    Recommended by Lucy E

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    Villa Pian di Cascina is the kind of place that families return to year after year. Whether its the sense of tranquility that comes with the stunning views over picture perfect rolling Umbrian landscapes, or the combination of pretty, well-equipped and comfortable apartments with hotel-like services such as the onsite trattoria, daily fresh baked breakfast goods deliveries and delicious home-made ready meals, it is easy to see what has them flocking back.
    Here, relaxation begins before guests even arrive as a long list of baby and toddler gear, arrival night meal options and a thoughtfully stocked honesty grocery basket complete with wine, beer, home made jams, and their own olive oil, means theres no need to start packing a month before the holiday, arrive loaded down with excess baggage or run the gauntlet of tracking down a supermarket en route from the airport, its all there just waiting for guests to arrive. Better still, there are two villages within reasonable walking distance, or a short drive for the less energetic, and together they offer an ATM, a supermarket, a pizza pub, a couple of cafe bars and a well loved cheese shop.
    Guests tend to while away time flitting between the play area and the pool by day, whilst making use of the gas BBQs provided on each apartments private terrace or enjoying sociable suppers a few times a week in the onsite Tavernetta. Some take a stroll to grab an ice cream or coffee by the village playground in the village Carbonesca (10-15min walk) and, tempted by the fantastically well-written guides to local towns such as Gubbio, Perugia,
    Spello and Assisi.
    The apartments come highly recommended by Tots to Tavel, Baby Friendly Boltholes and Alistair Sawdays as a perfect holiday destination for families with young children.
    +39 3341810602 or +39 3383068307
    info@avillainumbria.com
    www.avillainumbria.com 

    Comments:
    "We have just returned from a 2 week stay at Pian Di Cascina. It was our first holiday with both our 3 year old and our 8 month old baby and Paul and Isabel made it a stress free experience. Prior to departure we had arranged a cot, highchair, steriliser and toilet training seat for the children, meaning that we had lots less stuff to pack and when we arrived we discovered a wonderful pool, great childrens play area and an apartment full of toys and games to keep both of them entertained. All of these touches made a huge difference to our holiday and although hugely child friendly, it didnt ever feel like a kids-club or that the kids took over. The location is beautiful, the meals we had at La Tavernetta were delicious and nothing was too much trouble. Definitely recommended" (Lucy E)